After very strong results for last month in the U.S. market, history repeated in Canada, automakers posting strongest August auto sales ever, with 149,301 vehicles.
According to industry data released yesterday, Canadian auto sales recorded their best August ever, with Ford Motor Co outselling Chrysler Group and General Motors Co, and Japan’s largest automakers making double-digit gains.
The 149,301 vehicles sold last month translate into a 6.5% rise compared with a year ago, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. Ford Canada saw its sales rising 7.1% year over year. The Detroit automaker sold 27,268 cars and trucks in August, higher than the 25,461 it sold last August. Sales were up 1.8% so far this year. The automaker sold 40.4% more cars last month at 6,856 vehicles. Meanwhile, truck sales fell 0.8%, to 20,412.
Chrysler Canada was a distant second, but still reported its best August in 13 years and its best sales year-to-date in 25 years, bolstered in part by robust passenger car sales.
The company sold 21,932 vehicles, up 6.6% from the 20,569 it sold in August of last year and up 7.1% year-to-date. Car sales rose 15.5% to 3,699, while truck sales were up 5% at 18,233 units sold.
GM Canada saw sales nudge marginally higher in August, with 21,091 cars and trucks sold, an incremental gain of 0.1%. So far this year, overall sales have climbed 2.7%. They sold 6,090 passenger cars and 15,001 trucks.
Toyota Motor Corp leads the pack among the big Japanese automakers. Toyota Canada sold 17,647 vehicles in August, up a modest 0.5%. Overall sales this year, which includes Scion and Lexus, were up 0.9%, with strong truck sales offsetting a decline in passenger car sales.